2000-2009

Paul H. Santa Cruz ’08

Paul H. Santa Cruz, who earned an M.A. in history from SMU, is the author of Making JFK Matter: Popular Memory and the 35th President, which will be published this spring by the University of North Texas Press. The author conducted some of the research for his book at SMU’s

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Carl Pankratz ’03, ’06

Carl Pankratz ’03, ’06

Carl Pankratz, recently re-elected to the City Council of Rowlett, Texas, was selected by his fellow Council members to serve as Deputy Mayor Pro Tem. Pankratz is Assistant Vice President of Originations for Hunt Mortgage Group.

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Samantha Mabry ’03

Samantha Mabry’s debut young adult novel, Leaves, a reimagining of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story “Rappaccini’s Daughter” has been acquired by Algonquin Young Readers for publication in spring 2016. According to the deal announcement in Publisher’s Weekly, Leaves “blends magical realism and mystery in a story about a boy lured into the

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Meyling Ly ’06

Meyling Ly married Jason Ortiz in Todos Santos, Mexico on November 22, 2014.

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Lauren Roberson Cangemi ’04

Lauren C. Roberson married Peter W. Cangemi of Scranton, Pennsylvania, on April 26, 2014 on the beaches of Florida. Lauren works for ExxonMobil in human resources, and Peter is a senior accountant at PSS Companies. They currently reside in Houston with their dog, Jersey.

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Jason Jones ’08 and Tamara Carrell Jones ’07

Jason Jones ’08 and Tamara Carrell Jones ’07

Jason and Tamara Jones welcomed their first daughter, Madeline Rose, October 3, 2014. Arriving eight weeks early, she weighed 4 pounds, 6 ounces and was 17.5 inches long. Madeline came home October 30, happy and healthy!

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W. Matthew Heaviside ’06

W. Matthew Heaviside ’06

W. Matthew Heaviside and Hasna Yacoubi were married on August 23, 2014, in Carthage, Tunisia on the Mediterranean coast of North Africa.

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Melissa Kuntz Gaebe ’06 and Brian Gaebe ’05

Melissa Kuntz Gaebe ’06 and Brian Gaebe ’05

Melissa (Missy) Kuntz Gaebe ’06 and Brian Gaebe ’05 are the parents of William Thomas and Preston Joseph, born February 28, 2014.

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Beth St. Lawrence Kerley ’04 and James Kerley ’03

Beth St. Lawrence Kerley ’04 and James Kerley ’03

Beth St. Lawrence Kerley and James Kerley  welcomed their first child, a daughter named Campbell Michelle, on April 24, 2014. She already loves ponies and sporting SMU gear, her parents report. Beth and James were married in Perkins Chapel on March 23, 2013, and couldn’t be prouder of their future

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Eva Parks ’03

Eva Parks ’03

Eva Parks (holding award) and her team won an award for Outstanding Regional News Story—Investigative Reporting at the 35th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards held in New York on September 30. Parks is the investigative producer for NBC 5 Investigates at KXAS-TV.

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